Professor Blake Morrison

Blake is a poet, novelist and journalist, best known for two family memoirs and a study of the Bulger case, As If.

Staff details

Professor Blake Morrison


Professor of Creative and Life Writing


English and Creative Writing


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Academic qualifications

  • BA in English Literature Nottingham University
  • MA in English Literature McMaster University
  • PhD on 1950s British Poetry and Fiction, University College, London


Professor Blake Morrison teaches the Life Writing option on the MA in Creative Writing, and supervise students on the MA and PhD creative writing programmes.

Areas of supervision

  • Contemporary fiction and poetry
  • Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney
  • Life Writing and memoirs
  • Adaptation

Featured work

Publications and research outputs


Morrison, Blake. 2018. The Executor. London: Chatto & Windus. ISBN 9781784707231

Morrison, Blake. 2015. Shingle Street. London: Chatto & Windus. ISBN 9780701188771

Morrison, Blake. 2012. A Discoverie of Witches. Sheffield: Litfest & Smith/Doorstop. ISBN 978-0-9540880-8-8

Edited Book

Morrison, Blake; Rogers, Jane and Adebayo, Diran, eds. 2003. New Writing 12. Picador.

Morrison, Blake; Weldon, Fay and Roberts, Michele, eds. 1996. Mind Readings. Minerva.

Morrison, Blake and Motion, Andrew, eds. 1986. The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry. Penguin Books Ltd. ISBN 978-0140585520

Book Section

Morrison, Blake. 2019. Call Yourself English? In: Susheila Nasta, ed. Brave New Words. UK: Myriad, pp. 33-50. ISBN 9781912408207

Morrison, Blake. 2019. We Are Three Sisters: The Lives of the Brontës as a Chekhovian Play. In: Alexandra Lewis, ed. The Brontes and the Idea of the Human. London: Cambridge University Press, pp. 260-268. ISBN 9781316651063

Morrison, Blake. 2018. Harrison as Elegist. In: Edith Hall, ed. New Light on Tony Harrison. London: British Academy, pp. 3-11.


Morrison, Blake. 2018. Lamentable Thumbs. London Review of Books, 40(12), pp. 37-39.

Morrison, Blake. 2008. 'The Reading Cure'. Guardian Review,

Morrison, Blake. 2005. 'Black Marks and Blue Pencils'. Guardian Yearbook,


Morrison, Blake. 2007. Lisa's Sex Strike. In: "Lisa's Sex Strike", Octagon Theatre, Bolton, United Kingdom, Sept-Nov 2007.

Morrison, Blake. 2007. Elephant and Castle. In: "Elephant and Castle", Aldeburgh Festival, United Kingdom, June 2007.

Morrison, Blake. 2006. The Man with Two Gaffers, new version of Goldoni's stage-play Il Servitore di Due Padroni, performed by Northern Broadsides. In: "The Man with Two Gaffers", Northern Broadsides, United Kingdom, Aug-Dec 2006.

Research Interests

Blake is a poet, novelist and journalist, best known for two family memoirs and a study of the Bulger case, As If. He has also translated and adapted plays, written libretti and critical studies, and edited anthologies of contemporary writing.